What is it about?

The last decade or so has seen a marked increase in the amount of health educational/health promotional activities that nurses are expected to undertake. This has followed concerted calls to make health promotion a familiar and recognized part of nursing practice. Despite this, however, current health‐related practices are still unstructured, haphazard and under‐evaluated. This state of affairs is further compounded by the lack of any generic and systematic nursing planning process model by which health education/health promotion programmes are applied in practice. This paper puts forward the case for such a model, develops it, and demonstrates its possible application in clinical settings.

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Why is it important?

A systematic literature review was conducted in order to develop a new theoretical perspective for health promotion/health education nursing practice. The proposed model has evolved from this new perspective. The process of developing this model has drawn on existing contemporary planning models – using them as a means to develop a conceptual framework. Consequently, the proposed model seeks to critique, adapt and adopt some of their components within a nursing context.


If the current situation continues, in which planning process models are not adopted as a routine part of practice, then nursing may well continue to remain a ‘bystander’ in health promotion/health education activities.

Dr Dean Whitehead
Flinders University

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This page is a summary of: A stage planning programme model for health education/health promotion practice, Journal of Advanced Nursing, October 2001, Wiley, DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2001.01989.x.
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